Sunday, January 27, 2008

Drink up!

My favorite mug has been getting a lot of use lately, even though it doesn't even live at my house. With being sick (still no voice as of today!), I've been pushing fluids, taking it easy, and, when I have enough energy, I knit. That's what I did yesterday afternoon and evening - drank tea and knitted. Buddy Bill took care of me and pretty much wouldn't let me do anything except sit around. With the mittens being done, I've been focusing on finishing Buddy Bill's Irish Hiking Scarf. It's 50% finished now.

Other Karen posted on her blog that she wanted to see our favorite mugs, in order to create a collage of them. Mine is here today, Karen! I think Becky has also posted hers. Who else wants to put up a pic of their favorite mug?

I love this one because it's big. It's red, my favorite color. Even better, this mug is covered with snowflakes! You know me and snow. BUT, one could look at this mug and say, "Nope, those are flowers." So I use it all the time, whether there's snow or not.

Knowing that my Sock Club shipment from Neighborhood Fiber Company will be coming this week (some Ravelers reported theirs have arrived!), I spent part of this morning working on my Yarn Haven Sock Club socks. Anything requiring exertion gets me coughing, so sitting and knitting it will be. Sorry, housework. Sorry, vacuum. You have to wait unless I can coerce, I mean convince the kids to help!

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Saturday, January 26, 2008

My Humor Style

Since I still can't talk much above a whisper, I thought I would entertain you with results from a recent quiz I took. I stole it from Beth at Crafty Canines. Let me know what your results are, OK?

Your Score: the Wit

(52% dark, 34% spontaneous, 21% vulgar)
your humor style:

You like things edgy, subtle, and smart. I guess that means you're probably an intellectual, but don't take that to mean pretentious. You realize 'dumb' can be witty--after all isn't that the Simpsons' philosophy?--but rudeness for its own sake, 'gross-out' humor and most other things found in a fraternity leave you totally flat.

I guess you just have a more cerebral approach than most. You have the perfect mindset for a joke writer or staff writer.

Your sense of humor takes the most thought to appreciate, but it's also the best, in my opinion.

You probably loved the Office. If you don't know what I'm talking about, check it out here:

PEOPLE LIKE YOU: Jon Stewart - Woody Allen - Ricky Gervais

The 3-Variable Funny Test!
- it rules -

If you're interested, try my best friend's best test: The Genghis Khan Genetic Fitness Masterpiece


Thursday, January 24, 2008

Can You Hear Me Now?

There are downsides to working at school. *cough*cough* One of them is that you are exposed to every virus and bug that goes around. *cough*hack* Right now, we have so many kids out with this annoying cough. Guess who else picked it up? Yep. *cough* Moi. The past two nights I have coughed so much that I have completely lost my voice. Can't talk. Me. Do you have any idea how frustrating that is? Those of you that know me have some inkling! The funny thing is that my throat isn't sore at all. This same crud started with Absent-Minded Professor earlier in the week, accompanied by a fever of 102. Now I have it. After school today, Mayhem was coughing a bit. I did manage to drag myself in to work today, since some Rx cough medicine with codeine (thanks, Doc!) allowed me to sleep last night. Answering my office phone was quite an adventure today. I'm sure with the raspy, breathiness of my voice, some callers thought for a moment they had called a 1-900 number instead of the school counselor! Thank goodness tomorrow is Friday and then I have the weekend to rest and recuperate. What are your weekend plans?


Monday, January 21, 2008

Taking the Chill Off

These mittens are officially now being counted in the FO category! Warm, wooly mittens are just right for January. I know, because I wore them all afternoon today while running errands.

Pattern: Warmest Mittens
Yarns: Handspun by Becky along with a little Patons Merino (Thanks, Becky!)
Needles: US size 4 and 5 dpn's

These also qualify for the Quarterly Challenge (Q1-08) at The Loopy Ewe - Q1-08. The challenge was to knit something you had never knit before. I submit my first mittens!

Mittens are forever disappearing at my house. The kids take mine when they can't find their own. Well guess what? These are mine, guys. There's no way they can be confused with anyone else's!

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Sunday, January 20, 2008

Long Time No See

Hi kids! I'm logged in from Buddy Bill's computer because mine is now unplugged and heading for repair. Blogging will be sparse for a bit, I'm afraid. I can read blogs at work, but can't post comments or log in to post an entry.

Are you enjoying the Big Chill? Brrrrrr! I wouldn't mind it being so cold, but there's still no snow. The kids want to go sledding, and there's no darn snow!

In the knitting department, this evening I should finish up my mittens. Hooray! They are so cute, and mitten #1 has gotten much admiration already. I am working diligently on my socks for the Sock Club at Yarn Haven. Karida's sock club yarn from Neighborhood Fiber Company will be coming sometime soon, and I'm really looking forward to that shipment. Yesterday I received some yummy yarn from Melissa's etsy shop, Keegan Lane Yarns. Go check out her goodies if you haven't yet!

And Other Karen, I know you asked to see our favorite mugs. I took a picture of mine, and I'll get it to you when I can!

I miss the internet, friends. I miss my internet friends!


Saturday, January 12, 2008

One More

Yes, two posts in one day. Just because I think this is my best yarn photo ever.

See the teensy bit of purple in this yarn?


Ya Gotta Love

Ya gotta love a LYS where a worker can show up on a Tuesday nite in pj's. Seriously. Our very own dear Sarah Lou was going to be helping to cover the shop while Bobbie and Dale Ann were at the TNNA Trade Show and she helped out at Insanknitty (our Tuesday knit nite) in her jammies! Imagine what some first time shoppers at Yarn Haven must have thought. No, don't. Just the fact that some new shoppers walked in and shopped with nearly 30 of us sitting around knitting and cackling means they probably didn't even notice Sarah's attire. heheheh

Ya gotta love a special colorway named just for your own beloved LYS. Meet "Havenly" dyed by Khris of Chewy Spaghetti for our upcoming sock club. (Special thanks to the sun for being out today!) This colorway might be available to others later. Right now it's ours, all ours. BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

Notice the yellow blur? That's a particularly big yellow dog of mine! Notice the green grass? I'm NOT lovin' that! I want the ground to be covered with white stuff. However, I am lovin' the sunshine which is in such short supply this time of year.

I gotta go wind yarn now for that sock club I mentioned. What are you lovin' this weekend?

Monday, January 07, 2008

Unseasonably Warm, with a Chance of Handknits

While out and about in the above normal temperatures, please do be extra careful. These mild temps have caused an unusual outbreak of showers of partially knit woolens. Be on the lookout for items likes these. Apparently these WIP's, sensing the change in temperature (it was 66 officially here today, by setting a new record high), decide to mutiny and run amok. I had to keep a close eye on those two, I tell ya! That mitten would have sailed away like a little box kite if I hadn't caught it quick enough.
Zip your knitting bags up tight and makes sure you needles are stowed away at the bottom of the bag!!! The Irish Hiking Scarf just about slithered away across the parking lot.

It's a warm,windy night. Hold on to your knitting. If you aren't knitting, hold on to somebody that needs holding! ;-)

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Saturday, January 05, 2008

On The Needles

It seems I have too many things on the needles again, my friends. In order to start decreasing WIP's (works in progress), I'm going to list them all out here, in no particular order. As my kids would say, "Hold on to your underwear!" Maybe this will prompt me to finish something. Maybe.

  1. Cobblestone Sweater for Buddy Bill. (Have to finish the sleeves and attach them.)
  2. Mittens from kool-aid dyed yarn that Becky gave me back in the summer.
  3. Swirl Socks started in August during Arizona trip. (Sock one is 2/3 complete.)
  4. Fuzzy Feet for Mayhem. (I started these ages ago!)
  5. Generic Colinette Jitterbug socks (using the label pattern)
  6. Log Cabin Afghan (mindless, never-ending)
  7. Irish Hiking Scarf - making good progress on this right now.
  8. Sweater for me... somewhere in my stash is a raglan, two-tone sweater of Sheep Shop Wool. The front is done. UFO vs. WIP... hmmmm
  9. Clapotis for me. I know just where it is. It's started and abandoned. I would say this is a UFO at this point.

Methinks there are more than that, but those are the projects that come to mind. So, in the midst of all this incompleteness, what did I do? I joined the "Sock of the Month Club" at my LYS, Yarn Haven. Indie dyers are creating special yarns for us, and Khris, of Chewy Spaghetti (etsy shop) created the first one. As soon as I get a decent photo - it's gray and gloomy here - I'll post one. The yarn is gorgeous, and named "Havenly" after our beloved yarn shop. Yay!

Now I will return to knitting. The question is, which project shall I work on????

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Thursday, January 03, 2008

Happy New Year!

Since I last checked in with you, the Ribbed Beanie found a home. Mayhem didn't want to model the hat that I finished the other day, remember? Absent-Minded Professor, on the other hand, loved the hat! He adopted the hat as his own as soon as he saw it. I didn't have a specific recipient in mind when I made the hat so I didn't have a problem with my 6th grader keeping it. How wonderful that my kids love the handknits I have given them so far. Even better, this morning it was only 10 degrees and my dear Professor wore the hat to school.

I woke up Jan. 2 intending to go to work as scheduled, only to find I had a fever, was ache-y, and had a cough. Ugh! I put myself back to bed, made arrangements to get the kids to school via their dad, and slept until 3:00PM. Today was pretty much a repeat. Tomorrow is Friday... I think I should try to go to work. You think?

Before being knocked flat, some good things happened, though. Have you ever been to the Detroit Science Center? This was a great time! Buddy Bill and I took Mayhem and Absent-Minded Professor and made sure to see the Our Body exhibit, as well as an IMAX movie about prehistoric Sea Monsters. The kids got to play in their own band, too. B and I were fortunate enough to be outside the booth! See how happy my Professor looks?

The deer that frequent the field we pass on the way home were out that same afternoon. AND I finally had my camera! From the stoplight I was able to capture five of them, including one buck, if you look carefully. It was even trying to snow. The kids and I have seen as many as 12 deer in this field at once. Being inside the city limits, the deer are safe from hunters.

New Year's Eve was a wonderful evening; waving good-bye to the old year and welcoming in a fresh New Year full of promise and opportunity.

Hope 2008 brings you health, happiness and a great deal of knitting time!

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